Delhi Police Serves Summons to Dinakaran in Bribery Case

Kejri-Jethmalani row HC won't entertain plea

Dhinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai today.

AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran has been asked by the Delhi Police to join the investigation into an alleged attempt to influence the party's symbol war in his favour. Meanwhile, agency reports say Dinakaran called for MLAs' meet late in the night.

"We are getting information that since he (Dhinakaran) was entangled in several cases, in order to free him, Sasikala's family has used them (Palaniswami camp)", he claimed.

Jayakumar said all 123 AIADMK lawmakers and party cadres were on the same page and discussed about the possibilities of retaining the "two leaves" symbol, which had been frozen by the Election Commission.

"Their camp went to EC first on the symbol issue, let them take back their complaint first", MP R. Vaithilingam from the Palaniswami faction told the media here. Shockwaves ran through a section of the AIADMK and its supporters when Dinakaran shifted to the late Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence with his aunt, after being shunned by her for years.

Sasikala, a long-time companion of J Jayalalithaa, took control of the AIADMK after the former Chief Minister died in December.

He said they have group sought written proof that Sasikla and Dinakaran have been removed from the primary membership of the AIADMK and proof of withdrawal of their affidavit before the Election Commission. Dinakaran and some other AIADMK politicians had hinted that the saffron party might have been behind Sasikala and her nephew's ouster from the party.

In a shocking turn of political developments, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, who is convicted in DA case and serving her sentence in Bengaluru jail, has been suspended from the party. He had claimed he was coerced to step down by Sasikala after Jayalalithaa's death.

"There is no opposition to me in the party", he had earlier said.

While the efforts for the merger are in full-swing, O Panneerselvam camp toughened their stand demanding Sasikala's resignation and calling for a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death.

Munusamy also said that only Panneerselvam had the support of the people and the cadres and the rival camp was "afraid" that the majority of MLAs only favoured Panneerselvam for the Chief Minister's post.

The Delhi Police is likely to send a team to Chennai with summons for Dinakaran, accused of allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to obtain the "two-leaves" symbol for his faction.

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